The Chicago Bears’ veteran offensive lineman will be out up to two months with an injury.
The Chicago Bears have been fortunate this year with injuries. After the last two seasons where the Bears looked more like a MASH unit than a football squad, this year things have been better.
Sure, Prince Amukamara, Khalil Mack, Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson have missed a little time, but the only significant injury to this point has been Adam Shaheen who has been out since the tail end of preseason with an injury.
It’s time to add Kyle Long to that short list as the Bears’ veteran offensive lineman is going to be sidelined for some time.
Long suffered an injury to his foot late in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets and according to a report, he will be out 6 to 8 weeks.
The specifics of Long’s injury still haven’t been reported, but he was spotted at Halas Hall in a walking boot and will be using a scooter to get around. With that timetable, speculation has to be either a high ankle sprain or a fracture in his foot.
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With Long out, the James Daniels’ era is officially here. Eric Kush was ruled out last week against the Jets which opened the door for Daniels to play a full game. With Long out an extended period of time, Daniels will stay in the starting lineup, it’s just a question of whether he will be starting at left guard for Kush or right guard for Long.
The other question is the status of Kush. If Kush still can’t go, the Bears will be going with Daniels and Bryan Witzmann. Witzmann was signed by the Bears in early October for some added line depth. Within a few weeks, that depth was proven critical as Witzmann and Daniels finished out the game against the Jets.
Witzmann is a former Kansas City Chief who worked under head coach Matt Nagy when he was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City under Andy Reid.
Kush’s availability will be one to watch this week. If Kush doesn’t appear able to go, look for the Bears to add another interior offensive lineman into the mix this week.